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Festetics Quartet with Maria Rose



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Festetics Quartet with Maria Rose, Fortepianist

"Viennese Vignettes"

Saturday, April 25, 1998, 8:00 p.m.
St. Luke's Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer

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7:00 p.m., Dr. John Lienhard

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String Quartet op. 64, No. 5 in D Major Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

"The Lark"
Allegro moderato
Menuet, Allegretto, Trio
Finale, Vivace

Piano Concerto in E-flat Major, K. 449 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Allegro moderato
Allegro ma non troppo


String Quartet op. 18, No. 4 in C minor Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Allegro ma non tanto
Andante scherzoso quasi Allegretto
Menuetto Allegretto

Festetics Quartet and Maria Roseappear through an exclusive arrangement with Shupp Artists Management, 202 Michigan Avenue, port Jefferson, New York 11777

The Performers

The Festetics Quartet from Budapest performs on period instruments with special regard for historical performance practices; it combines the technique of original instruments with the legendary tradition of Hungarian string quartets. The Quartet is named after an important Hungarian family, the Festetics, who founded the famous Helikon music library. It is at present the only string quartet of its kind in Central Europe.

The repertoire of the Festetics includes the string quartets by Haydn and Mozart as well as the early works by Beethoven and Schubert. Since Haydn spent a large portion of his life in Hungary and had a special attraction to "verbunkos," the Quartet has a special affinity to Haydn’s music and likes to consider it part of the Hungarian musical heritage. The Festetics have extensively studied Haydn’s original quartet manuscripts, and have relied heavily on noted Haydn scholar Laszlo Szomfai in their search for the most "authentic" way of performing the quartets. Also of great interest to the Quartet is performing the works of lesser known 18th century Hungarian composers, such as Grill, Bengraf, Csermak, and Roszavoelgy, and the best of Hungarian verbunkos music.

The Quartet has performed in the Muenster and Muensterland, Budapest Spring, Abbaye de l’Epau, Wiener Klassik, Haydn-Tage Wien, Festtage Stuttgart, Musicora, Early Music Network, Utrecht, and Granollers Festivals. As well as performing for radio and television in Hungary and abroad. The Quartet has performed with other artists such as clarinetist Eric Hoeprich, flutist Konrad Huenteler, oboist Ku Ebbinge and French hornists Ab Koster, Claude Maury, and Teunis van der Zwart in addition to the Orchestra of the 18th century and the singers Isabelle Poulenard and Michael Schopper.

The Quartet’s recording of the complete Haydn string quartets started with a recording of the six quartets of Op. 9 for the Hungaraton label, and has continued with additional releases for Quintana-Harmonia Mundi. The Quartet’s latest CD is of late Mozart quartets for the French label Arcana.


Istvan Kertesz, first violin, was born in 1945 outside of Budapest. He studied violin with Denes Kovacs and subsequently with Ingrid Seifert and Sigiswald Kuijken. Between 1969 and 1984, Mr. Kertesz was the concertmaster of the Hungarian National Philharmonic. As a soloist and concertmaster of several chamber orchestras, he has performed in most European countries.

Mr. Kertesz’s specialization on the period violin dates to 1981. In 1985, together with his colleagues, he founded the Festetics Quartet. He has made many recordings for several labels: Accord, EMI-Electrola, Hungaraton, Novalis, and Quintana-Harmonia Mundi. Mr. Kertesz is professor of violin at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest.

Erika Petoefi, second violin, was born in Budapest in 1965. She studied violin at the Bela Bartok Music Academy with Istvan Kertesz, and at the Franz Liszt Music Academy with Janos Pallagi. Upon graduating, she was engaged to teach at the Bela Bartok Academy.

Ms. Petoefi is a founding member of the Festetics Quartet, and is regularly invited to perform with a number of chamber orchestras in Hungary and abroad.

Peter Ligeti, viola, was born in 1948, and studied at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest. Since 1984, he has been the leader of the viola section of the Hungarian National Philharmonic. He has earned a reputation with string quartets and chamber orchestras. Mr. Ligeti is a founding member of the Festetics, solo violist of the Wiener Akademi Baroque Orchestra, as well as of the Austrian-Hungarian Philharmonia. With these ensembles he has made numerous recordings on various labels.

Rezsoe Pertorini, cello, was born in Budapest in1 952. He studied cello with Laszlo Meszoe at the Franz Liszt Music Academy, where his chamber music teachers included Gyoergy Kurtag and Andras Mihaly. After graduating, he participated in many master classes including those of Siegfried Palm, Pierre Fournier, and Gregor Piatigorsky.

Since 1984, Rezsoe Pertorini has been the leader of the cello section of the Hungarian National Philharmonic. He is a founding member of the Festetics Quartet and solo cellist of the Austrian-Hungarian Philharmonic. He has been teaching at the Franz Liszt Music Academy since 1987.


Maria Rose-Fortepiano, Maria Rose-van Epenhuysen has become known as a fortepiano performer with an elegant and personable style. Critics have commended the "spontaneity and spirituality" of her interpretations, her "brilliant virtuosity" and "graceful eloquence". She was born in Groninger, Holland and holds degrees in piano performance from the Groningen Conservatory of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London. After coming to the United States, she earned a master’s degree in piano performance and classical languages, and studied fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson.

Ms. Rose has performed at many early music festivals in Europe and the U.S. She has presented lecture-recitals at the Juilliard School and the Mannes College in New York City, at Oberlin College, the University of Texas, Southern Methodist University and the Chautauqua Institute. She gives frequent solo-recitals and chamber music concerts in the United States and Europe and has appeared with orchestras in the United States and Canada.

Ms. Rose’s recordings include the complete Nocturnes of John Field, Beethoven Sonatas and Bagatelles, Mozart Sonatas, and Clementi Sonatas. With the Gamerith Consort she has recorded Haydn Piano Trios. Her Newport Classic recording of three Sonatas by J.N. Hummel was featured by the BMG Record Club.

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